Sustainable Fabrics: Pineapple Shoes and Mushroom Walls
How much do you know about sustainable fabrics? Here's a list of eco fabrics you might not have know existed!
Let’s start with an easy one, Lyocell, which is basically a fabric made out of pulp (yes, pulp!). It’s a high strength, highly sustainable, environmentally friendly fabric which is machine washable (hurray!). The fabric can be used to make shirts, dresses and even bedding making it the ultimate alternative sustainable fabric.
Next one up is Piñatex - a leather like material made from pineapple leaves that will surely be taking over the vegan leather industry before we know it. The textile is made from the by-product (aka leaves) of already existing pineapple agriculture.
Seaweed - mixing seaweed with cellulose creates a fabric called SeaCell, providing an eco-alternative fabric. The seaweed used is a brown algae called Ascophyllum Nodossum and the fabric is manufactured in the same way as Lyocell to produce its final product. SeaCell has many natural benefits when its worn, it is naturally light and breathable, it can absorb sweat faster than cotton (excellent news for some of us out there). It even promotes anti-ageing properties with the antioxidants that react with the free radicals in your skin, slowing down the ageing process (what more could one want?!).
Mushroom as walls – Usually, if you have mushrooms growing on your walls you have a serious damp problem and you should call someone immediately… but in this case it's slightly different! The root of a mushroom provides perfect building materials with unbelievable insulating properties which means it is a a sensational eco alternative to building materials. So how’s that for your definition for magic mushrooms?
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